Waikato River Fisheries Bylaw 4
Minimum weight for commercially harvested eels.
No commercial fisher may take or possess any shortfin eel taken within the Waikato-Tainui Fisheries Area weighing less than 300g.
No commercial fisher may take or possess any longfin eel taken within the Waikato-Tainui Fisheries Area weighing less than 400g.
- Improve recruitment to the eel fishery
- Increase the yield of commercially harvested eels
The objective of this bylaw is to enhance the eel fishery by improving recruitment and increasing the proportion of eels that reach sexual maturity.
This bylaw is consistent with the Waikato-Tainui Environment Plan which proposes to increase the minimum size of commercially harvested eels from 220g to at least 300g for shortfin eel and 400g for long fin eel.
This bylaw will ensure an increase in yield per recruit i.e. increase harvest weight for the same number of eels. This will also enable eels that are less than the minimum size to reach a reasonable size at harvest.